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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tennessee's Latest Stupidity: Take Food Away from Hungry Kids for Not Passing the State Test

I was in my hometown of Erin, TN for their Irish Day Celebration in March, and I was talking to an old friend of mine, now a judge.  It occurred to both of as we were talking that when we were growing up there in the 60s, our town and our state was a much richer place with more to offer and more to gain.  Since then the state's politics and policies have become increasingly conservative as most people in the state have become poorer, less healthy, and more desperate.   And so today we see a kind of proto-fascist extremism in the state legislature and the Governor's Mansion that leverages its corporate power through hate, divisiveness, fear, resentment, racism, and bigotry--all of it wrapped together and tied with the hardest of knots.

Melissa Harris-Perry's takedown is not to be missed.  ht to Stephen Stollmack

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1 comment:

  1. Jim,

    I saw this story. It's not stupidity, it is pure evil.